HTC Adds Sense and Takes Android to The Next Level

This week HTC released their latest smartphone based on Google’s Android platform – the HTC Hero. Unlike the Android devices we’ve seen from HTC thus far, the Hero device comes with the Android version of TouchFlo 3D, and it’s called Sense. Sense is focused on putting people at the center by making your phone work in a more simple and natural way. If you’ve ever used TouchFlo on a HTC Windows Mobile based device, then you know what to expect from Sense.


Besides the new interface, HTC has packed this device with some really cool features, like an anti-fingerprint screen coating, or how about the Teflon coating for a more durable white surface. Still not cool enough for you? How about a 5 megapixel camera, 3.2 inch HVGA display, gravity sensor, Quad band radio, 528MHz processor, 512MB ROM / 288MB RAM, and of course, a GPS.

As with previous Android devices, the Hero still carries the big chin at the bottom edge of the device. There are mixed feelings about this design. From my limited exposure, it doesn’t appear to be an issue when holding or typing on the device. From a purely looks point of view, I would rather not have it. But it had little effect on my usage.

The Hero will be available across Europe in July and then in Asia later in the summer. HTC has promised a “distinct” version will be made available in North America later in 2009.

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Mike Temporale grew up fascinated by computers since an early age. His first hands on with a computer came when he was 7 years old and a travelling lab of Commodore PET computers made a stop at his school. Hooked on the new world these devices offered, he took any chance possible to get in front of a computer. When Compaq launched the iPaq 3600, he was hooked again. This time on a whole new world of mobile computing. Today, Mike spends his day helping clients deploy and manage their mobile device around the world. From installing custom software, to locking and securing data, and everything in between. He is also the Editor in Chief at Mobile Jaw - a site focused on today's mobile world.

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  • Darren Humphries

    I’m quite impressed with this phone and the Sense UI. HTC has done a great job with it and I know many are hoping they port it over to their Windows Mobile phones.

    At this point I think Android is the only OS that truly competes with Windows Mobile. It needs to mature a fair bit, but that will happen.